Azar Could Be a Telemedicine Champion

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AZAR COULD BE A TELEMEDICINE CHAMPION: At least one advocacy group thinks the former Eli Lilly executive now heading the health department will advance virtual care. Alex Azar — whose swearing-in ceremony was peppered with insistence from the president that he would lower drug prices — told lawmakers during his confirmation process that he supported… Read more »

2015: Another Unstoppable Year for Telehealth

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Offering telehealth to employees or health plan beneficiaries used to be a differentiator in benefits – an added perk for employees or health care consumers increasingly demanding convenience and accessibility. Today, it is rapidly becoming a necessary addition to benefit packages. Not only do employees and prospective health plan enrollees want it, but it’s also… Read more »

Is Ohio About to be a Model for Federal Telemedicine Reimbursement?

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The time for telemedicine reimbursement in our country is now. Telemedicine has gone beyond just being a solution for rural consumers who cannot access medical care. It has continually been shown to improve access to care in urban, suburban and rural areas. It also reduces emergency department and urgent care visits, and gives consumers a… Read more »

House Calls Mean Better Healthcare For Seniors In Medicare Advantage

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A lot has been written lately about the return of the house call. Innovative health plans, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking health systems are recognizing that house calls are a compelling example of how we can build a more integrated and technology-enabled health system that treats patients at the right time in the optimal setting. A recent… Read more »

Medicare Advantage Leads the Way on Value-Based Payments

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Secretary Burwell’s announcement of a major initiative aimed at driving health care providers in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) to adopt value-based care models is welcome news for beneficiaries, providers and the overall health care system. The initiative focuses on several areas: incentives to promote value-based payment systems, encouraging integration and coordination of clinical services among all… Read more »